Bustang weekend service starts Saturday
November 22, 2015
Bustang, Colorado's state-owned and -operated bus system, begins weekend service on Interstate 70 today.
The Colorado Department of Transportation's interregional express bus service, which kicked off in July with Monday through Friday service, will offer one round trip on Saturdays and Sundays: Glenwood Springs to Denver in the morning and Denver to Glenwood Springs in the late afternoon. The weekend service is being added due to strong public demand and the route's success on weekdays.
CDOT figures show that the Glenwood-Denver route carries about 40 riders a day, counting the trip to and from Denver.
The bus leaves Glenwood Springs' 27th Street Roaring Fork Transportation Authority stop at 7:05 a.m. and stops at the West Glenwood park and ride at 7:25, with scheduled arrival at Denver's Union Station at 11:10 a.m. and the Denver Bus Center at 11:15. It stops in Eagle, Vail and Frisco.
The return trip leaves the Denver Bus Center at 5:15 p.m. and Union Station at 5:40 p.m., with West Glenwood arrival scheduled at 9:15 p.m. and 27th Street arrival at 9:30 p.m. The Glenwood to Denver fare each way is $28 or $21 for people 65 and older.
This is the second expansion of the service. CDOT began providing non-stop weekend service between Denver Union Station and Colorado State University in Fort Collins in September.
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Along with the seven-day service, Bustang will continue to adjust route scheduling to improve on-time performance and streamline connections with transit partners.
In addition to the I-70 corridor, it also is providing a transit alternative along the I-25 corridor, connecting Fort Collins, Denver and Colorado Springs.
The bus stops at existing park-and-ride locations along each route with fares reflected by length of trip. Multiple-trip packages are available at a discounted price as well as a 25 percent discount for persons with disabilities and seniors 65 and older.
Each Bustang coach is equipped with restrooms, bike racks, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and USB ports. Coaches offer a 50-passenger capacity and are accessible for people with disabilities.